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Rising Stars: Meet Phylicia Poulson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Phylicia Poulson.

Hi Phylicia, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I grew up in West Baltimore City with two older sisters and my parents. My mom was a model, my father is an actor, a ballet dancer, and an actress for sisters. I guess you can say I grew up around artists.

These are the people I looked up to and still where I receive some of my inspiration. Since I was a little girl, I have been fascinated by heels and was always in my mom and sisters’ stuff. Once my parents gave me the okay to wear my own, I was always walking around in heels unless I was working or playing sports. One rule my mom had was “if you’re going to wear heels, you have to know how to walk right in them.” That’s exactly what I did and now I can’t stop.

Most little girls want to be like their mother and I was no different. I loved going to my mother’s fashion shows and being backstage and watching her get makeup and hair done. Coming with a suitcase full of heels and having different designers pick the right shoe to match their garments was fun to watch. I was a ballet dancer and she would have practice for runway after I was done occasionally. I sat and watched her and the other models walk, turn, and pose. Watching the shows was even better. Models grace the runway in different pieces moving and bringing it to life. They were like walking art pieces to me.

Modeling is an art form that takes practice just like anything else. I started doing print work here and there in 2008 and started taking it really seriously in 2011 when I took classes at Jazzy Studios. I studied magazines and watched ANTM, Project Runway, and watch YouTube videos of legendary models. I’m the shortest in my family and not the standard height in the modeling industry for the runway. I didn’t truly believe I had “the look” to model, but the people around me kept telling me otherwise. I’ve been blessed to walk in a few fashion weeks, be published in a few magazines, and meet a ton of talented designers, photographers, makeup artist, models, creative directors, and just people in general.

God gets the credit for getting me to where I am now and the support of my family and friends. My team of brilliant creative artists helps me bring every look and concept to life. Whether it is in the studio, on location, or on the runway. They hold me down and I’m grateful for them believing in me and continuing to push me to new levels.

What really keeps me motivated and helped get me to where I am today, are all the little girls and women that I have inspired along the way. The ones that found beauty in their scars by seeing mine. The women that get a boost of confidence in themselves when they see me embrace my “flaws” so they start to embrace theirs.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
What’s a smooth road? Lol, of course, there have been struggles along the way. I’ve never been signed with an agency and it can be a bit challenging to find work. It’s also a blessing at the same time because I don’t have to answer to anyone. Constant rejection will make you want to throw in the towel sometimes.

Not tall enough, not skinny enough, too dark, too athletic-looking, the nose too big, I’ve heard it all.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
The freelance model that specializes in print, runway, and bringing awareness to different brands. My persistence, drive, heart, and creativity set me apart.

I’m most proud of the help I’ve given to others along the way on my journey. In 2020, I was blessed with the opportunity to be the Director for the All Kurves Matter Movement. We help empower women from all walks of life. Whether you are a size 2 or size 42, we want women to have confidence and feel beautiful in their skin.

We bring awareness to domestic violence and provide resources for those that may be in a domestic violence situation. I work with and coach the models, promotional models, and brand ambassadors of the movement and help create events to bring the Kurve Queens together.

Are there any important lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
Staying grounded and never giving up is key. Your mindset determines how far you will go in life.

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Image Credits
Phelan Marc, Keystone Productions, Phil Powell, Jazzy Studios, Dev Dooley, Barry Page, Elena Siri, and Larry Allen.

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